Clark University studio art professor Toby Sisson is currently showing examples of her encaustic paintings at two group exhibitions: Swept Away: Translucence, Transparence, Transcendence in Contemporary Encaustic, at the Hunterdon Art Museum in Clinton, NJ (through September 7), and 19 on Paper at The Hive in North Kingstown, RI (through August 29). Encaustic (also called hot wax painting), is a technique in which an image is created using heated, colored beeswax. Sisson shared her expertise in this medium as part of a panel discussion titled “Standards and Practices in Teaching Encaustic” at the 8th International Encaustic Conference in Provincetown on June 8.
Ms. Sisson is an abstract artist whose individual studio practice encompasses mixed media drawing, oil and encaustic painting. Her visual studies range from the creation of land based art forms, to the hybridization of indigenous and immigrant artistic traditions, as well as the innovative use of ancient and organic materials. Her exhibition record spans more than a decade and dozens of shows in eight states throughout the U.S.